Associate Professor of Sociology, Missouri State University
Topics of Expertise:
Committed Relationships & Marriage / Infidelity / Gender & Sexuality / Singles & Dating / Sexual Behavior and Identity/Closeted Behavior
Alicia M Walker, Ph.D. is an associate professor of sociology at Missouri State University.
Her first book, The Secret Life of the Cheating Wife: Power, Pragmatism, and Pleasure in Women’s Infidelity, is about women’s navigation of outside partnerships alongside primary partnerships, and gives voices to women’s lived experiences. The book has been discussed in articles published in The New York Times, and CNN, among others. Walker’s second book focuses on men’s experiences with infidelity called Chasing Masculinity: Men, Validation, and Infidelity published by Palgrave-Macmillan. This book examines men’s experiences with participation in outside partnerships. Chasing Masculinity has been discussed in The Sun, Vice, The Globe and Mail, and Medium, among others.
Before receiving her PhD in sociology at the University of Kentucky, Alicia earned a MEd in educational leadership from Texas State University, and a BA in English from the University of Tampa.
Her research primarily focuses on focuses on intimate sexual relationships, sexual identity and behavior, and gender. Specifically, her work looks at the social construction of the sexual self, the ways we make sense of ourselves as sexual beings, the ways we navigate our sexual worlds, and our lived experiences as sexual beings. Walker has particular interest in closeted sexual behaviors and online initiation of sexual relationships. She is credited with creating a sociology of infidelity.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family (adult children, husband, and mother) with whom she is close, and her beloved rescue dog, Harvey, whom she and her daughter found abandoned at a gas station as a puppy (adopt, don’t shop!). She also enjoys traveling, great movies, playing cards, and collecting statues of the goddesses of love, marriage, and fertility of various cultures (as they relate to her work).